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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Letters 11/7/02

Various - November 7th, 2002
Petoskey‘s peace march

I took a few moments on Saturday to view the gathering in Pennsylvania Park and listen to the speakers. The depth of sincerity displayed on the faces of those in attendance was impressive and the passionate opposition to the Bush/Cheney/Big Oil cabal was evident in the slogans on the signs carried by many of the marchers.
It is comforting to know that there are people in this community who are so dedicated to stopping the proposed war for oil that they are willing to take time out of their busy schedules and drive into town to make their voices heard.

Bill Mayer • Petoskey

Protect the Peninsula

To the residents of Old Mission Peninsula: how important is the qualit of life you now enjoy? Do you think it just happens and will always be there? Peninsula families have been actively working since the late 1800s to protect it. A lack of caring or a lack of showing your support is all that it will take to lose what has been protected for all these years.
Let us not be known as the generation that was responsible for losing that quality of life, but rather, the generation that helped save it forever. Please vote yes on Peninsula Township Proposal 2 Purchase of Development Rights.

Mark Nadolski • President, Protect the Peninsula

County waste

It is amazing how the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners can spend valuable time discussing the $19,000 (Enterprise, Oct. 10) dues to the Michigan Association of Counties and only a few minutes to shell out $14 million, including bond interest, for a jail eight miles from the courthouse. To top it off, they approved $50,000 for the administrator to use, if needed, to keep this oversized jail project on track.
The MAC dues are peanuts to the millions the board is spending on the facilities without a vote. First, we have the oversized jail on 43 acres when only six acres are needed. Next, there is the rebuilt courthouse that will cost $10 million with bond interest. Then, we have to add the million dollar building being talked about at Lake Leelanau for the offices there now. Overall, we are talking $25 million, not counting the $858,000 already spent on land, studies, surveys, legal and drawings. If it goes as the board directs, we will have county offices in three location in the second smallest county in the state.
Taxpayers never have had a complete plan, cost data, a public hearing or vote. The board ought to remember that
Wexford voters turned down a jail project miles from the courthouse. Recently, Northwest Airlines announced plans to consolidate aircraft maintenance facilities to save millions and cut 1,450 employee. To no avail, two highly qualified individuals told the board that $5 million could be saved if they consolidated the county facilities at one location.
Counties throughout the state are cutting expenses to relieve the burden on taxpayers. Yet, none of these facts seem to phase the commissioners except one. It is evident, their personal desires take precedence over what is best for the county, taxpayers and residents. I urge you all to let your views be known before it is too late. Otherwise, you‘ll pay for years to come.

Bernard U. Glettler • Maple City

Wage peace

The peace advocacy group of Michigan‘s Grand Traverse District United Methodist Churches has called on President Bush to avert war with Iraq. The group has asked that his attention be directed, rather, to disarming Iraq through full diplomatic participation in the United Nations, to pursuing international terrorism, and to our nation‘s domestic agenda.
The district‘s Swords into Plowshares Peace Center Board, has also urged our two senators and our member of the House of Representatives to pressure the administration not to make war with Iraq.
The case against war with Iraq is well known. The economic sanctions have taken their yearly, deadly toll. War on Iraq would kill many in the U. S. military, and collateral damage would kill countless Iraqi civilians; would destabilize the Middle East and beyond; would undermine U.S. efforts to pursue terrorism; would defy international law and morality, would destroy the United Nations; and would cost many billions of dollars.
Avert war! Lift the sanctions... Return U.N. weaponsinspectors... Endorse and employ the permanent International Criminal Court to charge and try Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity... Reinstate and expand arms control treaties to reduce/eliminate nuclear weapons... Participate in mutual decision-making in the community of nations... Promote peace-keeping in areas of conflict throughout the world... Fulfill U. S. obligations to the U.N.... Effectively use official and public diplomacy... Attack world-wide poverty and disease...
WAGE PEACE -- Replace the law of force with the force of law.
We add our voices to the millions at home and abroad who have called, and will call, our government to avert war with Iraq.

Fred Linsell• Traverse City
 
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